Evidence-Based Medicine

Dec 1, 2010 Issue
Clinical Pathways: Effects on Practice, Outcomes, and Costs [Cochrane for Clinicians]

The results of 27 studies (n = 11,398) support the conclusion that clinical pathways reduce in-hospital complications and improve documentation.

Jul 15, 2009 Issue
New USPSTF Resources and Tools Can Help Put Prevention into Your Practice [Editorials]

Jul 1, 2009 Issue
Identifying and Using Good Practice Guidelines [Article]

Performance measurement and payment are increasingly linked to goals established by practice guidelines. The best guidelines are based on systematic reviews and patient-oriented evidence, use an evidence-rating system such as the Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy, and are prospectively validated. ...

May 15, 2009 Issue
Finding High-Quality Review Articles [Article]

A wide array of resources summarizing medical information are available, and physicians must carefully choose the most trustworthy sources. Treatment decisions should be based on the best available evidence, which should be carefully critiqued for both relevance and validity. Paying particular atten...

Apr 15, 2009 Issue
Evaluating and Understanding Articles About Treatment [Article]

Each year physicians must decide which of the thousands of newly published articles they will take time to read. To determine which articles are the most clinically useful, physicians should assess their relevance, validity, and clinical importance. Using these criteria can drastically decrease the number of articles physicians need to read.

Mar 15, 2009 Issue
Diagnosis: Making the Best Use of Medical Data [Article]

To take the best possible care of patients, physicians must understand the basic principles of diagnostic test interpretation. Pretest probability is an important factor in interpreting test results. Some tests are useful for ruling in disease when positive or ruling out disease when negative, but n...

Feb 15, 2009 Issue
How to Find Answers to Clinical Questions [Article]

Many barriers exist to finding answers to physicians' clinical questions. Lack of time, resources, and computer skills, as well as physicians' environment and attitudes about problem solving, all contribute to unanswered questions. Making use of computer-based information resources can give physicia...

Jan 1, 2009 Issue
AFP's Series on Finding Evidence and Putting It into Practice [Editorials]

Jan 1, 2009 Issue
Keeping Up with the Medical Literature: How to Set Up a System [Article]

The best way to keep up with the medical literature is to set up a system that delivers valid, relevant information while filtering out extraneous information. Useful information is patient-oriented, practical, and innovative. Good information systems are available that are inexpensive and easy to use.

Feb 1, 2004 Issue
Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy (SORT): A Patient-Centered Approach to Grading Evidence in the Medical Literature [Article]

A large number of taxonomies are used to rate the quality of an individual study and the strength of a recommendation based on a body of evidence. We have developed a new grading scale that will be used by several family medicine and primary care journals (required or optional), with the goal of all...

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